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On Thursday July 23rd, Muslim Family Services had the pleasure of co-sponsoring an Eid Celebration for the Islamic Center of North Detroit- (ICND) Children’s Summer Program. The event took place in the Masjid Al-Falah parking lot which was decorated with bounce houses, slides, and a joust bungee.

 

bouncy

 
joustboys

 

The children dined on cheesy pizza, drinks, ice cream and popsicles. Laughter filled the air and smiles beamed as the kids played competitively with their comrades.

 

 

 

Popsicles

 

 

 

 

 

 

Girls

 

Boys

 

During the week, these children attend the the school to learn Qur’an and Islamic studies. It is our honor to sponsor such a joyous event for our Muslim youth as a break from their studies in celebration of Eid-ul-Fitr. May Allah swt bless these children and their families and raise from amongst them scholars to benefit our Ummah at large.

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Ramadan is always the most busy month for us at Muslim Family Services. Whether it be our SAFRP, Zakat distribution, Eid Food box distribution, fundraising or our daily food pantry, there is hardly ever a dull moment! We would like to share with you all some of the accomplishments we have been blessed to achieve by the help of Allah swt and donors like you.


Our Zakat program allows us to distribute zakat from beautiful Muslims and ourselves to those most deserving of the assistance. We take our zakat program very seriously as it is an amanah (trust) between us and our Muslim brothers and sisters; it must be placed in the right hands. This Ramadan, we have distributed approximately $88,000 to low-income Muslim Families throughout Southeastern Michigan! It has been a humbling experience and we are grateful to be afforded the opportunity to help fulfill the duty of our brothers and sisters.

Zakat Distribution

Working with recipients (pictures were approved by recipients)

recipients

Recipients 

Every Ramadan, we partner with local organizations such as Hanini Outreach Center,Muslim Community of Western Suburbs, Porch-Front Pick Up Food Drive, Tawheed Center-Farmington Hills and MAS Detroit to offer Eid Food Boxes for some of our most deserving families. This year, we recieved $45,000 worth of in-kind food donations from some of these organizations combined. 

So many have already benefited from the food you provided. It is beautiful when organizations can come together to combat hunger. May Allah swt bless you all abundantly!

 Porchfrontpickup FOOD

 MAS-Detroit, MCWS and Porch Front Pick Up Volunteers

45000 of in-kind Food donations$45,000 in in-kind Food Donations. MashAllah!

Lastly, but certainly not least is the distibution of 183 extra large Child-friendly Eid Food Boxes in collaboration with Tawheed Center Farmington Hills and organizing group. Each box cost $150 to assemble and weighed 80 lbs. These boxes were given to low-income Muslim families with children. Here is what those look like. 

Food Boxes

Needless to say, the recipients were very happy and grateful for the generous gift from their community. These food boxes will allow families to break bread with their neighbors and have a more enjoyable Eid with a pantry full of goodies and sustenance.

EID FOOD BOX

As for us at MFS, we vow to continue to come to the aid of our Muslim brothers and sisters as well as our community at large. As we stay busy, we encourage you all to continue to keep us and all of your brothers and sisters in humanity in your duaas (prayers). With so much chaos present in the world, it is an honor to be part of such a diverse team dedicated to bettering humanity while serving God-Almighty. 

 

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By: Sheikh Ali  S Ali PhD

 

Ramadan kareem

 

 

 

Dear Muslims,

 

We would like to congratulate you on the coming of the month of Ramadan. The month of Ramadan is the blessed month in which the Qur'an was revealed.  We read in chapter 2 of the Qur'an verse 185:

 

"The month of Ramadan in which the Qur'an was revealed , a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the criterion (between right and wrong)".

 

Let us take  advantage of the infinite mercy and blessings Allah (swt) bestows upon us on this month by reciting and understanding the Qur'an. One of the most significant forms of Ebadat one can do in order to get closer to Allah (swt) is reading the Qur'an. Jibreel used to come to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) every night in Ramadan, and study the Quran with him.(Bukhaari, 5; Muslim, 4268).

 

The book of Allah is our first guide and code of life, it is the constitution we abide by. It is the first legacy our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) left for his ummah along with his Sunnah. The Prophet (pbuh)profoundly stated :

 

"I have left behind two things (for you) if you abide to them, you will never go astray, The book of Allah and my Sunnah."

 

With the Qur'an being so significant for us, we ought to know its rights upon us. I will briefly mention some of them in the following:

 

 

1) The right to believe in it: Allah says "O you who believe, believe in Allah and his messenger and the Book which was reveal to His Messenger” (Qur’an 4:136)

 

 

2) The right of acting upon its teachings: A'isha (RA) the wife of the Prophet said: "The character of the Prophet is the Qur'an". This means that the Prophet acted and lived upon the teaching of the Qur'an.  In other words the Prophet was the living, breathing and walking Qur'an.

 

 

3) The rights of not only learning but also teaching it: The Prophet said " the best of you are those who learn Qur'an and teach it".

 

 

4) The right  to introduce and invite others to believe in it: Allah said " Say, "This is my way; I invite to Allah with insight, I and those who follow me. And exalted is Allah ; and I am not of those who associate others with Him." (Qur'an 12:108)    Additionally, the Prophet said "convey on my behalf even if it is a word".

 

 

5) The right of proper recitation: Allah Says " and recite the Qur'an at a slow pace and with clarity" (Qur'an 73:04). This requires from us to learn the science of TAJWEED.

 

 

6) The right of Hifz: Of course every Muslims memorizes some Qur'anic Ayat and some Suras. The Prophet said (this is not exact

quotation). "A person who does not have any thing of Qur'an in him is like an abandoned house"

 

 

7) The right of Ta'zim (respect): When listening to the recitation of the Qur'an one must remain silent.  One must perform wudu (Ablution) out of respect before reciting the Qur'an.

 

 

8) The rights of TATABBUR: Reflecting and contemplating the Qur’an.

 

 

 

While reading the Qur'an in Ramadan:

 

 

 

1) Try to finish reading the Qur'an during Ramadan.

2) Divide your time into two: Read it with Tatabbur, you will get reward for each letter you read.

3) Study some verses or suras by yourself or someone else.

4) Try to memorize new suras or verses.

 

 

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Volunteer group

 SAFRP Volunteers

On June 11th 2015, we launched our annual Sponsor-A-Ramadan Project in order to help feed deserving low-income families this Ramadan. This project is for the benefit of hand-picked families who are in great need of food specifically. Most of our families this year were families with over 5 members.  Since our launch, we have had an amazing outpour of support from families all over South-Eastern Michigan who selflessly joined our cause in sponsoring 22 families for the entire month of Ramadan. 

On Saturday June 13th, volunteers came out to help package the food that our sponsors provided.  The event was held inside of the MFS food pantry. Volunteers were to fill boxes according to the food list provided and the amount of members per family. Dry food supplies like dates, rice, beans, oils, teas, canned veggies, pastas, various spices and much more went into each family's box. 

 

Packaging volunteers

Volunteers Packaging

On Monday June 15th, perishable foods were added such as milk, chicken, steak, stew beef and juices. Clients were supplemented with funds to purchase additional perishables such as garlic, onions, fresh fruits and vegetables. Monday was our target day to make sure that all boxes were delieverd to each client family. Volunteers were given specific client addresses in order to deliver their specialized food boxes. 

 

Drop Off Volunteers

Some of our delivery brothers

Naturally, the recipents of these Ramadan food boxes were all very grateful to have their nourishment needs met for this Ramadan. A simple act of providing food for a family can have a profound effect on the quality of their Ramadan. With one less concern, these families can focus on increasing their ibaadah (good works). Many of these families will now be able to invite their neighbors to iftar (break fast) in their homes in full gratitude that Allah (swt) has not only provided for their family, but their neighbor's as well.

May Allah (swt) reward all of the wonderful Muslims who sponsored a family this Ramadan! May you recieve blessings for each morsel of food swallowed by these families. In the midst of all of the ills taking place in the world today, it is refreshing to see that humanity has not been lost.

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